Aprilia RSV4 Special Edition | First Ride

Taming the beast

By Roland Brown, Photography by Milagro


The RSV4 Factory gets a World Superbike-spec electronics package, a few minor engine updates, a fatter rear tire and celebratory graphics.

Other electronically enhanced superbikes like the BMW S1000RR, Ducati 1198SP, MV Agusta F4 and Kawasaki ZX-10R.

Price $22,499
Engine type l-c 65-deg. V-4
Valve train DOHC, 16v
Displacement 999.6cc
Bore x stroke 78.0 x 52.3mm
Compression 13.0:1
Fuel system Weber-Marelli EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate slipper
Transmission 6-speed
Claimed horsepower 180 bhp @ 12,250 rpm
Claimed torque 84.8 lb.-ft. @ 10,000 rpm
Frame Aluminum twin-spar
Front suspension Öhlins 43mm fork with adjustable spring preload, rebound and high/low-speed compression damping
Rear suspension Öhlins shock with adjustable spring preload, rebound and compression damping
Front brake Dual Brembo Monolobloc four-piston radial calipers, 320mm discs
Rear brake Brembo two-piston caliper, 220mm disc
Front tire 120/70ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo
Supercorsa SP
Rear tire 200/55ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo
Supercorsa SP
Rake/trail 24.5°/4.1 in.
Seat height 33.3 in.
Wheelbase 55.9 in.
Fuel capacity 4.5 in.
Claimed curb weight 422 lbs.
Colors Black/red/green/white
Available March
Warranty 24. mo., unlimited mi.
Contact Aprilia USA
140 E. 45th St.
New York, NY 10017

Verdict 4.5 stars out of 5
World Superbike performance has never been easier to access. Or enjoy.

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